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Cave Rock State Park

Reno + East Lake Tahoe Area, Nevada

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  • A fee booth sits at the entrance to the parking area, and there is a self-pay station if there is no one working.- Cave Rock State Park
  • The large parking area fits both boat trailers and standard vehicles.- Cave Rock State Park
  • Parking area at Cave Rock State Park.- Cave Rock State Park
  • Scenic views across the lake.- Cave Rock State Park
  • A small sandy cove sits at the end of the parking area.- Cave Rock State Park
  • The sandy shore and calm water provide a family-friendly beach area.- Cave Rock State Park
  • Rocks that help buffer the cove from windy waters.- Cave Rock State Park
  • A couple of tables and grills sit beneath trees at the end of the park.- Cave Rock State Park
  • A view of Cave Rock immediately to the north of the park.- Cave Rock State Park
  • A large turnaround for boat trailers near the boat ramps.- Cave Rock State Park
  • Cave Rock State Park boat ramps.- Cave Rock State Park
  • Several unshaded benches sit along the water near the boat ramps.- Cave Rock State Park
  • Cave Rock overlooks the boat launch area of Cave Rock State Park.- Cave Rock State Park
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Pros: 
Calm beach. Family friendly.
Cons: 
Can get crowded.
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Region:
Reno + East Lake Tahoe Area, NV
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Park entrance fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

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Cave Rock State Park is a small area immediately south of the Cave Rock tunnels along Lake Tahoe's eastern edge. The park serves two main purposes: It provides a boat launch area on one end, and it provides a small, sandy, and protected cove of beach on the lake on the other end.

For boaters, the park has a double boat ramp on its northern side as well as more than 40 parking spaces large enough for boat trailers. The day-use area adjacent to the boat ramp has picnic benches as well as sitting benches above the rocky shoals along the lake's edge. At the southern end of the large parking area is access to a calm sandy cove. Here, the smooth waters provide an easy-to-access opportunity for paddling, swimming or snorkling. This area is great for families with children, though the sandy section is small, and it has a tendency to get crowded in peak season and on weekends. Above this cove is a flat area on the shoals that is popular for fishing. There is no fishing allowed in the boat launch or beach areas of the park. There are also a couple of picnic benches with grills. Flush toilets are in a building at the center of the parking area.

Park entrance fees are $10 per vehicle and $20 for entrance and boat launch. There is a manned pay station at the entrance with a self-pay station right behind it for times when no one is working.

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